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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Doctor's Diet Cookbook by Travis Stork M.D.



Release Date - October 21, 2014

Travis Stork M.D.
Bird Street Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Find a diet that works for me is a goal I've set. After many discussions with my doctor, her suggestion, one I've recently seen in the newspapers, is that the Mediterranean Diet is really the best outline to follow. Better yet, she suggests using the guidelines set forth specifically for me given my propensity to develop anemia during a certain time of the month due to heavier than normal periods that have plagued many generations of my family. That's where The Doctor's Diet Cookbook comes in.

Dr. Travis Stork, best known as one of TV's The Doctors, has a series of books designed to help you lose weight and keep it off. From what I can tell, his advice is pretty spot on. It deals with learning the better foods to eat, avoiding the fear of fat as not all fats are bad, boosting intake of legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, and creating healthier versions of your craving foods. All of this is logical and the same advice my own doctor gave me.

In The Doctor's Diet Cookbook, in addition to a brief recap of his advice, it delves heavily into recipes you can quickly make and not feel guilty eating. For example, brownies, more specifically chocolate, is one of my craving foods. Within this cookbook are recipes for a chocolate mousse made using avocado and a healthier sweetener, such as honey, and a recipe for brownies that uses eggs and no flour. I've already made the latter in the past and can guarantee if you like gooey brownies, these are amazing.

Other recipes found in The Doctor's Diet Cookbook include a number of smoothies, a pizza made with a cauliflower and cheese crust, and baked falafel. I was a little surprised at the use of store bought Italian sausage for meatballs, especially since most commercially made sausages have added sugar and huge amounts of salt. I recommend making your own Italian sausage, it's actually easier than you'd think and the end result is superior and better for you.

If you're looking for a cookbook to start off a new diet, consider Dr. Travis Stork's latest. There are some good tips within and plenty of recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

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